black-ish: Season 1 (2014 - 2015)


Season 1

Critics Consensus

Although it seems uncertain of its target audience, black-ish ingratiates with a diverse cast and engaging cultural issues.



Critic Ratings: 59


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User Ratings: 623

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Air date: Sep 24, 2014
Air date: Oct 1, 2014
Air date: Oct 8, 2014
Air date: Oct 15, 2014
Air date: Oct 22, 2014
Air date: Oct 29, 2014
Air date: Nov 12, 2014
Air date: Nov 19, 2014
Air date: Dec 3, 2014
Air date: Dec 10, 2014
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In this sitcom, Andre "Dre" Johnson (Anthony Anderson), a successful family man, worries that his four children are losing touch with urban, black culture because of their affluent upbringing. As a result, Season 1 sees Dre trying to teach his children about various aspects of black culture, but he enouncters several bumps in the road. Along the way, Dre and his wife Rainbow (Tracee Ellis Ross) face usual parental nightmares, such as their peculiar in-laws and their teenage children's dating habits. Lawrence Fishburne stars as Earl "Pops" Johnson, Dre's Father, while Raven-Symoné, Jenifer Lewis and Deon Cole hold recurring roles.


Anthony Anderson
as Andre "Dre" Johnson
Tracee Ellis Ross
as Rainbow Johnson
Peter Mackenzie
as Mr. Stevens
Yara Shahidi
as Zoey Johnson
Marcus Scribner
as Andre Johnson Jr.
Miles Brown
as Jack Johnson
Deon Cole
as Charlie Telphy
Marsai Martin
as Diane Johnson
Mary J. Blige
as Mirabelle Calais
Jacob Kemp
as Kris Levine
Elizabeth June
as Harriet Tubman
A.J. Tannen
as Maître' d
Ken Jenkins
as Announcer/Bernie
Sean Combs
as Elroy Savoy
David L. King
as Mr. Boyer
Ana Ortiz
as Angelica
Christopher Carroll
as Butler/Winston
Doug Simpson
as Principal Mathews
Julian de la Celle
as Andre du Maurier
Bill Doyle
as Tucker
Lee Simpson
as Aggro Guy
Sharon Muthu
as Charani
Jeff Lewis
as Pizza guy
Chris Carroll
as Butler/Winston
Ellen Karsten
as Old Lady
Jennie Pierson
as Ms. Davis
Mandy Levin
as Sydney Martin
Martin Garcia
as Museum Honcho
Mari Weiss
as Doctor
Michael C. Nelson
as Nurse Larry
Forte Rodriguez
as Security Guard
Arianna Jaffier
as Little Girl
Marc Fajardo
as Fabiano
Elle Young
as Sharon
Raja Deka
as Dr. Dilip Kotwala
Caitlyn Knisely
as Young Woman
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News & Interviews for black-ish: Season 1

Critic Reviews for black-ish Season 1

All Critics (59) | Top Critics (33)

At a time when networks have been rightly excoriated for their lack of diversity both on-air and behind the scenes, the show appears like a glimmering beacon of hope and change.

Sep 17, 2014 | Full Review…

There's no 'ish' about it. This ambitious series, slotted right after Modern Family, looks at issues that speak to everyone in this diverse country. How do we deal with our differences and how do we balance individuality and cultural identity?

Sep 15, 2014 | Rating: A- | Full Review…

Black-ish also gives the impression that it could do better. The writers are going to have to start by trying to keep it real-ish.

Sep 24, 2014 | Full Review…
Top Critic

[It] works on several levels -- multigenerational sitcom, workplace comedy, cultural and class satire. Will it have Cosby Show crossover appeal? That's one of those questions we shouldn't have to ask in post-racial America, but it tackles it with finesse.

Sep 24, 2014 | Full Review…

Black-ish is about the upper-middle-class black experience, but it refuses to oversimplify the place that oversimplifications have in our hearts.

Sep 24, 2014 | Full Review…
Top Critic

It's scattered, and in the first episode it doesn't push envelopes or test edges.

Sep 24, 2014 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

When so much discussion of race today feels encumbered by fear, resentment, and entrenched political profiteering, Black-ish is refreshing for unabashedly confronting our greatest point of national angst and laughing at it.

Mar 16, 2018 | Full Review…

It shouldn't feel so novel for a comedy to feature a black family who talk about being black in ways that are honest and interesting, but it does.

Sep 19, 2014 | Full Review…

It is charming, it is amusing. But it just doesn't make you laugh enough, and that is the root of all comedy. To be honest, I was disappointed and expected more but I see its potential and am willing to give it another look.

Sep 19, 2014 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

It's more engaged with meaningful issues than the other 'modern' sitcom that airs right before it.

Sep 18, 2014 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for black-ish: Season 1

  • Jun 28, 2018
    The interesting concept behind all that adorable black american family is more meaningful that it seems. Black-ish starts approaching a perfect commentary about the behavior expected from a black male/female member of the modern ocidental society, while adresses their culture as if it was some sort of zoo. Anthony Anderson dresses this phylosofy perfectly and his sense of humor is on point. All the family members are funny, well-developed and important to the portrait of the series purpose. So excited to watch all the next seasons which are waiting for me!
  • Feb 06, 2018
    I find this Show funny and interesting
  • Dec 05, 2017
    Anthony and Laurence great actors brought down by a terrible show.
  • May 30, 2017
    Black-ish overly relies too much on Anthony Anderson's narration and the family are always talking about the fact that they're black too much, but Black-ish still entertains with clever but not superior storylines and remarkable character development as they are dynamic and willing to change and become better people.
  • Sep 21, 2016
    Innovadora, rompiendo el tabu de la raza. Comedia pura
  • Aug 19, 2015
    Easily the funniest new show this year! Anthony A. and the supporting cast (especially his co-workers at the office) have me dying laughing every episode. Such an awesome take on being a dad while being mindful of your culture, trying to educate your kids on it (when they really don't care), all while dealing with every new crazy event that just keep popping up. Watching him doing everything possible to keep a foot in both camps of the workplace and keeping it real is so hilarious. And watching the show poke fun at it makes it even better. The silliness of the whole cast makes this one of the most fun shows to watch. Kenya Barris is a genius!
  • Aug 15, 2015
    Thank Tracee Ellis Ross for not being a one dimension female lead!!
  • Jun 26, 2015
    Starts out genuinely funny and it's great to see a clean comedy that garners views...up until it starts getting desperate near the middle of the season, and you're watching and listening thinking, "Damn, knew this was gonna happen."
  • Jun 06, 2015
    I love, love, love this show. Refreshing and funny. Great cast, excellent writing.
  • Jun 01, 2015
    I watched a couple of episodes of this, I didn't hate it but I didn't love it and it just wasn't interesting enough to add to my watch list. I watch so many shows, plus movies and reading.. I have to really be in to a show to deem it worthy.. Or find something unique abt it

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